The Scottish Mail on Sunday

An estate of grace

Live the life of a country gent at a former hotel among rolling hills

- By Paul Drury

IF you fancy the life of a country squire then here’s a property to fulfil your heart’s desire. Ettricksha­ws Lodge, near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, comes with eight bedrooms plus all the bells and whistles you would expect from a small country estate.

Yet the asking price is similar to a typical suburban home in a good part of Edinburgh or Glasgow – for sale at only £645,000.

You would be walking in the footsteps of the original owner Thomas Scott Anderson, who purchased 30 acres of land in 1891 upon which he planned to build his family home.

As you had to cross the Ettrick Water to get to his property, he had a bridge installed by the company P&W MacLellan of the Clutha Works in Glasgow’s Kinning Park. It is a listed structure to this day.

The land at Ettricksha­ws Lodge has shrunk somewhat since Mr Anderson’s time but it is still a healthy six acres, comprising mature gardens, woodland and a number of redundant outbuildin­gs.

To the side of the house lies a lawn and terrace, overlookin­g the paddock, and there’s access to some pretty walks into the hills above.

The industrial-scale cooking facilities in the kitchen betray the fact that the house served as a country hotel from the Second World War until 2006, when it was returned to a family home.

As further indication of its exceptiona­l value, the asking price was only £20,000 less than it is now when it was up for sale 11 years ago. The estate agents say it could do with ‘some further updating’ but the property’s well-appointed rooms still retain the same features befitting a man of some standing in Victorian times. Since appearance­s were everything then, a major effort was made to create a stunning first impression as soon as you enter the property.

This is why the reception hallway is one of the most impressive rooms in the house, with a large fireplace containing a wood-burning stove and beautiful mantel with a mirror above it.

Having positioned a number of sofas in this area, the current owners appear to be using it as a comfy lounge – and why not?

The dining room is off to the right of the hallway, benefiting from another fireplace and bay windows overlookin­g the gardens and surroundin­g countrysid­e.

Next door, the aforementi­oned kitchen contains an Aga range cooker and a large walk-in larder. There’s also a Victorian laundry room, with two pulleys, plus a morning room, boot room and three toilets.

To the left of the reception hallway sits the drawing room, again with big bay windows and a large study, perfect for working from home. Both rooms have working fires. You ascend the grand staircase under a fine archway, arriving on the first floor where you will find the principal bedroom, complete with freestandi­ng bath and waterfall shower, as well as four other double bedrooms, all with en suite facilities.

There is a further kitchen on the second floor, along with three more bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The views are best from the third floor, which has the potential to provide bedroom number nine.

Ettricksha­ws Lodge occupies a peaceful position approximat­ely 1.4 miles from the pretty and sought-after Ettrickbri­dge, a very welcoming and friendly village which has a popular public house, highly regarded primary school, a wide range of community groups, sports field, tennis court and vibrant village hall.

The Ettrick Valley is renowned for its peaceful and dramatic landscapes and countrysid­e, ideal for those looking for country pursuits such as walking, shooting and fishing.

Just what a country squire requires.

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 ??  ?? LIVING THE DREAM: Ettricksha­ws Lodge nestles in six acres, boasting en suite bedrooms and spacious living areas
LIVING THE DREAM: Ettricksha­ws Lodge nestles in six acres, boasting en suite bedrooms and spacious living areas
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